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Chopin’s music had been absent from Fray’s active repertoire for some 15 years before he recorded this recital, which comprises seven of the composer’s nocturnes, three mazurkas, a polonaise, a waltz and an impromptu. When Fray talks about Chopin – who died in Paris in 1849 aged just 39, having exercised a transformative influence on the piano repertoire – it becomes clear that he sees the composer’s work in archetypally Romantic terms: “For me, Chopin’s music is very fragile, vaporous, perfumed … somewhat intangible. It is so fluid and evanescent – you need to feel that it could just disappear at any moment. What makes it so touching is this ephemeral quality – the mazurkas are like something that you write in the sand … You know that it will be washed away, but the memory will remain. His music palpitates with a sense of the unexpected, the inspiration of the moment. If you tried to engrave it into marble, it would die.”



Date City Venue Country
21/01/18 Bern Bern Theatre Switzerland
Time: 5:00pm.
Frederic Chopin: “Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 21, No. 2”
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02/02/18 Salzburg International Mozarteum Foundation Austria
Time: 3:00pm.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Fantasia for Piano in C minor, KV475
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Piano Sonata in C minor, K457
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Rondo for Piano in A minor, K511
Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) Partita no. 2 in C minor, BWV826
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22/02/18 Chicago Chicago Symphony Centre United States
Time: 8:00pm.
Frederic Chopin: “Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 21, No. 2”
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